Date: 9th August 2018 at 10:12pm
Written by:
Rangers
3 – 1
NK Maribor

Ibrox

Qualifying Third Round 1st Leg

9/08/2018 7:45 pm

Referee: Roi Reinshreiber

Rangers NK Maribor
Morelos (6), Tavernier (pen 50), Coulibaly (86) Viler (40)
McGregor Handanovic
Tavernier Klinar
Katic Tavares 79
Goldson Suler
 
Flanagan
 
Pihler
Ejaria
 
78 Ivkovic
 
Arfield Vrhovec
Candeias Zahovic
Coulibaly Bajde 63
Kent 87 Viler
Morelos 88 Dervisevic

Substitutes

Murphy 78 Cretu
Sadiq 88 Hotic
Foderingham Vrsic 79
Halliday Piric
McCrorie 87 Mesanovic 63
Kelly Mlakar
Middleton Uskokovic

Game Statistics

13 Goal attempts 12
6 On Target 3
7 Corners 4
9 Fouls 13
2 Yellow Cards 2
0 Red Cards 0
0 % 0

With some Rangers fans reeling from the news of Josh Windass’ departure to Wigan Athletic and others celebrating, there was the small issue of a Europa League clash to remember this evening.

Rangers hosted NK Maribor in the Qualifying Third Round first leg of the Europa League tonight looking for an easier passage through this round than we’ve made of the last two but with plenty of confidence taken from the Premiership Aberdeen opener, hopes were high we could do just that.

And we did, goals from Alfredo Morelos, a James Tavernier penalty and a late strike from Lassana Coulibaly gave us a 3-1 advantage going into the second leg. Morelos had a second goal flagged offside as well so it could’ve been more in our favour.

The away strike is a concern so nobody will be complacent ahead of the away trip and I’m sure manager Steven Gerrard will get that message over to them, but fans were looking for improvement in our showings so far and they got that even if it couldn’t be described as perfect.

As long as we secure progression it will be Russian side FC Ufa or (please) Progres Niederkorn in the next round. The Russian side do hold the advantage in that tie though so our revenge may have to wait for another year.

 

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